Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Second Mate

4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

The perfect getaway on brand new ship! YES 5 stars!

Sail Date: December 08, 2013

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

First time on the NCL Breakaway after her launch recently.  Super excited to see the beast after watching it get built on the Gem's tv every day last trip!  She does not disappoint.  No space outdoors for poolside BBQ as with the Gem which is understandable...there's the welcome buffet in the Garden as soon as you walk on so people can start complaining about the food ASAP and trying to bring full plates to Safety Muster Drill.  Of course, complaining the whole way they cant keep eating and drinking in the theater.  Could you imagine that GORGEOUS venue with kids/elderly all eating and drinking in it?  It would be demolished in 5 mins. 

Shows:  Burn the floor is cool, talented folk and racy enough to keep me awake.  

          Rock of Ages:  it's supposed to be a corny tribute to the "soulful" rock of our youth which was all cut n paste garbage with 3 guitar chords anyway so they really hit the nail on the head.  Acting was light and funny, they can obviously dance and choreograph.

ALL higher end restaurants are worth the price of the dining plan.  Depending on the length of your trip the variety will be welcome.  Buffet comes into the rotation for breakfast and lunch (usually just lunch...breakfast on breakaway is pretty "spartan" at the garden cafe and the same ingredients make all the things on the other restaurants breakfast menu).  Breakfast also can be had at the Uptown Grill near the jogging (yogging?) track upstairs on 15.  They had tasty egg sammiches and such that was slightly different from Garden Cafe and wasn't crowded.  

Staterooms are standard, roomy and clean.  Stewards are friendly and attentive as is rest of staff.   Never a complaint from us about staff with NCL.  

Weather was great all throughout, sun and heat for day on coco cay and also Nassau where this time we did it right and went to Atlantis for the day to hang with the rich folks and hit water slides which was awesome. 

All in all this was the trip, for me at least, which cemented the NCL Breakaway into my heart.  We are able bodied so the stairs are not challenging and we don't choose to wait for elevators jammed with people going 1 floor.  Or share that space with the inevitable kid with a wet cough who refuses to cover its mouth while jamming elevator fries into it.  These awesome parents, next time SARS comes around you're the ones to thank when you lie on those health questionnaires. 

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Please remove all kids programs. If kids manage to get on board, put them to work in the engine room
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